NEW YORK – Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict today called on the UN Secretary-General to include state security forces from seven conflict situations in his annual list of perpetrators of grave violations of children’s rights. Watchlist also asked the UN chief to investigate armed forces and groups from four additional countries for possible abuses.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The update additionally provides information regarding the status of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict conclusion negotiations on the Secretary-General’s report on the situation of children and armed conflict in Nigeria.
During the first two weeks of September, Watchlist conducted field research in northern Uganda with South Sudanese refugees on attacks on medical facilities and personnel and denial of humanitarian access in South Sudan. Interviews were conducted in several refugee settlements throughout northern Uganda, including Bidi Bidi, Imvepi, and Rhino, with current and former health workers, community leaders, and persons who had been unable to access lifesaving health care in South Sudan, due in part to attacks on clinics and hospitals.
Recommendations for the Security Council and Member States On October 31, 2017, the UN Security Council will hold an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAC), to take place under France’s Presidency. At the Debate, the Secretary-General (SG) will present his annual report on CAC (A/72/361–S/2017/821) pursuant to SCR 2225 (2015), covering the period from January 1 to December 31, 2016.
On August 21 and 22, 2017, Watchlist hosted its civil society partner from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in New York. Simon Kangeta, the Executive Director of the _Association des Jeunes pour la Développement Intégré-Kalundu (AJEDI-Ka)_, met with Watchlist staff and briefed New York-based diplomats on the current situation of children in Eastern DRC.
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) strives to end violations against children in armed conflict and to guarantee their rights. As a global network, the Watchlist builds partnerships among local, national, and international nongovernmental organizations, enhancing mutual capacities and strengths. Working together, we collect and disseminate information on violations against children in conflicts in order to influence key decision-makers to create and implement programs and policies that effectively protect children.